It was an epic evening of rock & roll at Cape Town’s legendary venue Aces & Spades with guitars, bands, Gibson girls and amazing give-aways.
Anticipation was high and the invite only guest list served to heighten the expectation for the evening and the fans were not disappointed!
First up “The Stir” warmed us up from the first note strummed on a J-45 leading into Gerald Clarke who blew minds with his beloved ES-335 that has been crucial to his sound for the last 6 years. Newcomers “The Sweet Resistance”, fronted by Natasha Meister on a Gibson Les Paul Classic was sublime, closing their set with a rendition of “The Black Crows” – “Hard to Handle” that made grown men cry – Dang! That girl can sing & rock a guitar! Karen Zoid then stepped up and proceeded to elevate the atmosphere even further, a second ES-335 making an appearance on the night. Francois Van Coke appeared out of nowhere and rocked some guest vocals with her before they closed with their hit single “To Vind ek Jou” which to date has had over 1 Million views on Youtube. The rest of VCK took to the stage and proceeded to lift the roof off the place! Francois, Jedd, Wynand & Dylan are consummate professionals in the art of entertainment and their performance was evidence of just how hard these guys work! Mac Stanley brought us in for a landing before handing over to incredible performances Paige Mac and The City, who kept the vibe going into the early hours of Friday morning.
Ian Bredenkamp was our MC and kept the flow during band changeovers with some killer give-aways to those that hash-tagged #playmoregibson on social media platforms. The Jägermeister girls made sure that no-one was thirsty. Mars Music & Gibson made sure that all guests had increased future street cred by gifting everyone in attendance with a Gibson Tee.
Thorsten Buettner from Gibson Europe makes a special trip each year for this party. He reckons it is the highlight of all his annual Gibson commitments. The upshot of it all is that we celebrated the greatest guitar brand on the planet in true Gibson style and had a whole lot of fun doing it.
Thanks to all involved and bring on next years party!
Photo credit: Richard Edwards